Know someone who is an excellent environmentalist/resource conservationist? Well, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program (NOP) has currently opened nominations for an environmentalist or resource conservationist to serve on the National Organic Standards Board.
Some key points to consider:
- Nominated individuals should understand organic principles and have practical experience in the organic community or academia specific to environmental protection and resource conservation.
- Other useful experiences a nominee may have could include - involvement in educational outreach activities and participation on public or private advisory boards, boards of directors or other comparable organizations.
- The nominee should have experience developing standards or policy and demonstrate the ability to evaluate scientific and technical information..
- Of course, it goes without saying, but the nominee must be committed to the integrity of the organic food and fiber industry.
If appointed, the candidate will fulfill a five year term beginning January 2013 and will participate on a voluntary basis. Full participation in board deliberation and voting on recommendations is part of the gig, as will be serving in an advisory capacity to the USDA.
If you've got someone in mind, hop to it. All nominations are due by July 30, 2012. For full details, visit www.regulations.gov and enter keyword or ID "AMS-NOP-12-0020; NOP-12-08." Nomination materials and instructions are also available at NOSB. Send nominee info to Michelle Arsenault, Advisory Board Specialist via email (preferred) at Michelle.Arsenault@ams.usda.gov or by mail at USDA-AMS-NOP, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 2640-So., Ag Stop 0268, Washington, D.C. 20250 (postmark by July 30, 2012).